posted on Nov, 8 2009 @ 11:16 AM
The suture and needle packets come in a very heavy foil. Unless this is disrupted, they should remain sterile for years after the expiration dates.
The expiration dates are and FDA requirement on all consumable medical goods, and do not necessarily indicate that the product is no longer usable.
Expired sutures are often sold for veterinary use, or donated for use in less developed countries. I myself have used expired, intact suture packets
that I obtained from an OR (which legally could not be used there) on injured pets and family members with no problems whatsoever. (Husband, 4 sons,
dogs, rabbits, horses, ferrets, etc and we live in a rural setting, and I have medical training, it is in fact my livelihood.) I would never use any
product in which the foil package has been disrupted.
If I were forced in an emergency to use a product with a disrupted foil package, I would soak it in rubbing alcohol for several minutes and then use
it after allowing it to dry slightly. I would not try to boil it, as that may weaken the tensile strength of the suture material.
Here is a very interesting video link on the actual use of the QuickClot that my son, who is an army paramedic, made me aware of showing the use of
QuickClot on an anesthetized pig. Warning, the video is a bit graphic on bleeding, so if you have a weak stomach, you may not wish to watch, but it
is quiet informative and dramatically shows the use of the product.
Sorry, I don’t know how to embed videos yet.
The above is not intended as medical advice, this is just my personal opinion and observation, for what its worth.
Regards, to all.